Nina Soni, Sister Fixer
Nina Soni has been looking forward to staying at her friend Jay’s family cabin for a week. The only trouble is that her little sister Kavita won’t stop singing made-up words to songs. Not only does Nina think this is objectively weird, she is also worried because Kavita has recently been bellowing the lyrics “stompin’ on the old man Joe,” and Jay’s grandpa is named Joe. What if Grandpa Joe thinks Kavita wants to stomp on him? Nina needs a plan to cure her sister of her fixation on singing. Fortunately, Nina is very organized and good at making lists—and making a list is nearly as good as making a plan. Unfortunately, all of Nina’s plans seem to be going wrong, and she is nowhere close to fixing her sister in time for their vacation. Instead, she is getting herself into more trouble.
Nina is a charming, lovable narrator for this book about the frustrations and joys of siblinghood. Nina may want to fix her sister, but in the process, she does a fairly good job of concocting projects and games with her. Her obsessive list-making, and her embarrassment when her plans go awry, are well realized and believable, and Kavita provides a constant source of charmingly embarrassing dialogue and misheard lyrics. Fans of Beverly Cleary’s Beezus and Ramona series will enjoy this more recent mismatched (but affectionate) sibling pair.
Naomi Lesley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Naomi Lesley taught middle and high school English for six years. She is currently in a doctoral program at the George Washington University, focusing on American young adult literature.